The John Hamm Performing Arts Seroes at Covenant College

John Hamm Performing Arts Series

The John Hamm Performing Arts Series brings world-renowned musical artists to Covenant’s campus to offer recitals and educational opportunities that serve students as well as the surrounding Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain communities.


Through the performing arts series, each featured artist offers a recital on campus as well as master classes and opportunities for one-on-one voice lessons or coaching in specific repertoire. The recitals and master classes are free and open to the public, thanks to the partnership of generous donors.


The series is named after former Covenant professor Dr. John Hamm and is coordinated by David Tahere, assistant professor of music. Hamm served in the music department at Covenant for more than thirty years. During his tenure at Covenant, Hamm was known for his investment in the Chattanooga music community. In 1985, he founded Choral Arts of Chattanooga, which still provides the city with choral music, thirty years later.


The performing arts series seeks to carry on Hamm’s legacy of engaging with and giving back to the local music community. Recital tickets are available, free of charge, by completing this ticket request form, by emailing, or by calling 706.419.1459.


The John Hamm Performing Arts Series 2016-2017 Season


We are excited to formally announce the 2016-2017 concerts as part of the John Hamm Performing Arts Series at Covenant College. Our first season succeeded in bringing eclectic, high-level musicians to our campus to showcase the variety and artistry possible when God’s good gifts are developed. Our students and and surrounding community were inspired by their generosity, knowledge, and fervor.


We are pleased to once again offer a varied panel of gifted artists, and will continue to offer public master classes for our students and outreach events both on and off the mountain as a part of each residency.



Schaafritz & Sean Kennard

Schaafritz & Sean Kennard
Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. | Chapel


The members of Schaafritz may be more familiar to you as Josh and Kristen Holritz, associate concertmaster and principal flute, respectively, of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Mr. Holritz has performed as soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician in Canada, England, Austria, South Africa, Japan, and in more than 20 states around the continental United States. Firmly committed to training the next generation of musicians, this fall Mr. Holrtiz joined the faculty of Covenant College as adjunct instructor of violin. Noted for her “beautiful tone and vibrato,” Kristen Holritz makes her home on stage as a remarkably versatile flutist. In addition to her orchestral responsibilities, she appears with the Chattanooga Symphony Wind Quintet in schools across Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama in efforts to engage and enrich the community through music. Pianist Sean Kennard, making his Chattanooga debut, joins his friends on our stage for an engaging evening of Bach, Chopin, Grieg, and Rota. Sean has won top prizes in numerous international competitions and has appeared as a soloist in orchestras across the world. He is a renowned recording artist, decorated with highest reviews. His most recent recording featured sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti and is scheduled to be released by Naxos this year.


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Jennifer Poff & ChoEun Lee

Jennifer Poff, soprano & ChoEun Lee, pianist
Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | Chapel


This concert is the Chattanooga debuts of soprano Jennifer Poff and collaborative pianist ChoEun Lee in a recital of classical and contemporary favorites. Jennifer Poff has graced the American and international operatic stages with her silvery voice and engaging stage presence in such roles as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Magda in Puccini's La Rondine, and has been praised for her sensitive and powerful appearances as soprano soloist in Handel's The Messiah and Mozart's Requiem. ChoEun Lee, a native of Korea, is an active pianist, vocal coach and chamber musician. She has given numerous performances in Korea, the United States, Germany, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand, and in major venues including Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival.


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Dan Landrum & Stephen Humphries

Dan Landrum & Stephen Humphries, hammered dulcimer players

Thursday, February 2, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | Chapel


This concert will feature world-renowned hammered dulcimer players Dan Landrum and Stephen Humphries. Their improvisations and musicality will showcase their little-known folk instrument’s versatility. Dan is an active performer and teacher in the Chattanooga area and beyond, and has recorded an album with Stephen. Stephen has performed for a variety of music festivals and other events throughout the United States, as well as in Central and South America. Additionally, Stephen composes music for the hammered dulcimer and other percussion instruments and shares this music through his performances and workshops. Stephen teaches as an adjunct professor of music at Covenant College.


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Petar Jankovic & Daniel Duarte

Petar Jankovic & Daniel Duarte, guitarists

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | Chapel


Guitarists Petar Jankovic and Daniel Duarte will end the season with a thrilling night of Spanish, Latin, and Balkan music. Their repertoire aims to reach not only traditional audiences, but also to bring guitar music to the general public, who may be unfamiliar with the instrument’s repertoire and techniques. Mr. Jankovic and Mr. Duarte have fused their native Serbian and Brazilian cultural heritages and combined their guitar skills to accomplish this goal.


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Tickets are free but must be reserved reserved via phone at 716.419.1459, email, or visiting this link. Information on the public masterclasses will be announced prior to each event.

Covenant music alumni are addressing needs of the human soul through music and the local church.
Chorale Conductor Dr. Scott Finch led current and former chorale members in "All for Jesus," as a tribute to Dr. John Hamm's investment in the Covenant College music department.
Dr. Finch discusses his desire to bless Covenant's surrounding communities through music.